03 Jan

The new divorce laws will remove the need for evidence of adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame, will come into force on 6th April 2022. The Act aims to reduce conflict between couples legally ending a marriage or civil partnership.

The new Act would establish a minimum six-month timeframe to enable couples to “reflect” on their decision. The Act will remove the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce, however divorce proceedings will still be challengeable on certain grounds including fraud and coercion.

The new divorce laws would, instead, allow for a statement of ‘irretrievable breakdown’ and a joint application for divorce to be made – without a finger being pointed at either spouse. 

For more information please contact Elaine Shell either on 0151 355 8481 or on es@jacobslaw.co.uk

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